Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Use the dictionary, the acronym finder, and the word origins dictionary (links above) as needed. A new quiz is available each Monday through Thursday. This is the quiz for September 15.

A flimsy bridge in the Alps - from A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain (died 1910)

The rain continued to pour and the torrent to boom, and we continued to enjoy both. At the one spot where this torrent tossed its white mane highest and thundered loudest and lashed the big boulders fiercest, the canton had done itself the honor to build the flimsiest wooden bridge that exists in the world. While we were walking over it, along with a party of horsemen, I noticed that even the larger raindrops made it shake. I called Harris's attention to it, and he noticed it, too. It seemed to me that if I owned an elephant that was a keepsake, and I thought a good deal of him, I would think twice before I would ride him over that bridge.

1. A canton is
A. a group of mountaineers.
B. one of the Swiss states.
C. the commissioner of public works.
D. an engineer.
2. "Would think twice" is funny because
A. it is a pun.
B. it is an exaggeration.
C. it implies hesitation.
D. it shows good sense.
3. "I thought a good deal of him" is funny because
A. it is a pun.
B. it is an exaggeration.
C. it shows good sense.
D. it selects some elephants for destruction.
4. "A keepsake" is funny because
A. an elephant is too big to be a keepsake.
B. it is a pun.
C. it is a punchline.
D. all elephants are keepsakes.
5. A torrent in this context is
A. a rushing stream.
B. a downpour of rain..
C. a waterfall.
D. thunder.
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Answer Key: 1-B . . . . . . . . . . 2-C . . . . . . . . . . 3-D . . . . . . . . . . 4-A . . . . . . . . . . 5-A

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